Today’s workforce spans five generations — from the Silent or Greatest Generation, in their 70s and 80s, to Gen Z, just entering their 20s — for the first time in history. And the way each generation views basic workplace values differs greatly.
Some believe that millennials and their younger cohorts will force a better work-life balance, since they expect and demand more flexibility. But boomers feel disrespected, and say the younger generation doesn’t value hard work – or their experience.
Wednesday, Kerri Miller spoke with two experts about the generational divide — and they took your questions about how millennials and boomers can work together, for the benefit of all.
Karla Miller is the work advice columnist at The Washington Post.
Phyllis Moen is a chair and professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. She studies occupational careers, gender, families and well-being. Her new book on work, “Overload,” comes out in March.
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